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The new Benjani? But with extras?

To be honest I had not felt that Freddy P had looked good enough, and could not quite see - despite little glimpses - what he was offering us?

He was missing chances he should not have and did not seem to be willing or able at all, but whatever had happened to him in the past 5-days or so I am VERY MUCH liking!

Benjani was a player that we always had, and always will, love - his work rate, commitment, dedication etc. could never be faulted, unfortunately his finishing, more often than not, could be...

Freddy P looked, for me, a 'nothing' player - yet a flip has suddenly been switched and against Chelski, followed up against Liverpool at the weekend, he has suddenly come into life and looks a danger.

Ok, he IS NOT going to be a prolific marksman - his shocking miss before his really well taken goal continues to prove this, but I now have more confidence in him and, if he carries on like this, can see what he brings to the side.

In these games he has led the line fantastically well, working his nuts off - putting people under pressure, not giving them any breathing space at all. Running into the channels to be an outlet.

So, very much reminding me of Benjani.

Like I say, I cannot see the guy being prolific but if he carries on chipping in with goals here and there and adding the work rate he did then he gets a big thumbs up from me - and I would say he will be more of an attacking threat than Benji, so have we found our new Benji, with a little something extra...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 21 2009

Time: 8:12AM

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Well, you have a good point here; but Freddy can never be a Benjani... I just hope that the lad keep showing this positive football, and probably, you'll be right.
Pompey Malta
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21/12/2009 08:32:00

he looked decent against rangers in pre-season, then started ok - went badly off the boil and got dropped...added a few games, and a couple of goal but by that point i thought he was no good at all!
fast forward to chelski and liverpool and i thought the guy played really well in both - led the line really well and was full of running, effort and commitment, hence the benji similarities...
tbh i am not sure if he will stay for long enough for us to know if he really 'could' be another benjani, but if we get a 2nd half from the season like we have the last couple of games he will not go far wrong and probably would score a few more goals, aswell as miss some howlers of course :-)
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21/12/2009 08:36:00

great goal but still dont think hes upto the premier league, far too light weight
Super Bock 1898
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21/12/2009 09:28:00

His performance against Carragher proved that he's anything BUT lightweight. Clearly a new manager has given him a bit of a boost. I like both Dindane and Piquionne but unfortunately they require a LOT of chances before they put away one. However it looks as though Avram is going to play a system to Piquionne's strengths.
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21/12/2009 09:43:00

well i dont know what games you have been watching this season but hes been consistantly nudged off the ball very easily. he had a good game no doubts, but i can see against teams that are up for it he will be physically lacking. Finnan looked dodgy to me too 2nd half, he is either unfit (which i suppose is understandable from lack of games) or just has no pace, which is the reason why the fat waiter made his only decent tactical change by bringing on benayoun over that side, luckily we just about coped. you can only beat whats in front of you but they did help us but being the ****est liverpool team i have seen since souness, and you mention carragher, thankfully for england he has hung his international shirt up, cack
Super Bock 1898
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21/12/2009 11:27:00

apart from that we played well!
Super Bock 1898
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21/12/2009 11:27:00

That is what I thought; Carra looked very old to me! He couldn't cope with Freddy, but others will probably do a better job!
Pompey Malta
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21/12/2009 12:02:00

like i say on the whole i have NOT been impressed with Feddy P UNTIL the chelski and liverpool games, where i saw a total difference in the guy, so those games - which i did watch both of - is where i would base this from...
as for finnan, tbh i agree that he did not look good, altho i would say that i saw it differently, as i actually thought he got better nearer the end of the game - but i guess that was because they knew the game was up? carragher is getting to the 'passed it' stage, but i do not think we should discredit Freddy P too much, lets see if he carries on playing like this.
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21/12/2009 13:05:00

Seems to be getting in the routine of scoring now just like Benjani did in the first half of the 07/08 season.
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21/12/2009 22:32:00

Tbh both managers look like fat waiters. Phil Brown looks like a skinny one. And David Moyes looks like the janitor
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21/12/2009 23:25:00

pompeyscum - you are being a bit hard on Moyesie!! As to Freddy P he could become a bit of a legend over the next few months. He is the only Pompey player since we entered the PL to score against Liverpool and Chelsea. In fact only Benjani and the poison dwarf have scored against Chelski.
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